Sunday, January 12, 2014

2014 Health & Fitness Update 1: Small Changes


Welcome to my first health and fitness post of 2014! This year, my first resolution is to be happy and healthy. (My second is to waste less time, but that's another post.) And I'm determined to set positive, reasonable goals for myself and meet them through small, sustainable changes.

My first change was to start wearing my FitBit, which is a pedometer. I have this one, which you wear on your wrist day and night. It tracks my movements throughout the day, and is a great way to see just how active (or inactive) I actually am.

Now that I've gotten accustomed to wearing it regularly again, my next goal is to move more. I have a goal of 8000 steps per day and I've only reached it once! I am traveling this week for business, but I plan to wear my FitBit the entire time, and move as much as I can. I am also taking new workout clothes and will hit the gym as much as I can to get my activity up.

I have been reading Intuitive Eating (as recommended by a blogger I follow, Erica - more about her in a minute!) and I love it. It's amazing how saturated I am with dieting and exercise! I have goals; I want to be lean and strong. But the dieting mentality has gotten me nowhere. So, I'm doing things by my own rules. No counting calories, no harping on meals and macros. No beating myself up for craving something unhealthy. No rules against certain foods. Instead, I want to focus on the positive… reaching running goals, building muscle, gaining strength, and feeling the satisfied soreness of a great workout.

Finally, I wanted to give a shoutout to Erica (blogger at http://www.ericadhouse.com/). She's one of my favorites to read and follow. Her outlook on health and fitness (and life) is so positive and refreshing. I truly enjoy reading her posts, and her videos on YouTube are great. Seriously, if you're into healthy lifestyle blogs, check her out. She's awesome.

What are your goals for this week? Do any of you have resolutions this year?

Cheers,
Kelly